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Advisory Council

NSW Ambulance Advisory Council

The NSW Ambulance Advisory Council is established under section 67C of the Health Services Act 1997 (NSW). The Council’s functions are to provide advice “in relation to the exercise of functions under Chapter 5A in respect of the provision of ambulance services”, and undertake any additional functions conferred by the Health Secretary.  

Advisory Council members:

VACANT – Chair


Adjunct Associate Professor Walter Kmet

Adjunct Associate Professor Kmet is currently the Chief Executive Officer at WentWest Limited (2012-present). Previous appointments include National Director Public Hospitals, Little Company of Mary Health Care (2007-2012) and Group Managing Director, Health Services Australia Group (2006-2007). He has 25 years’ experience in commerce, health care and human services in Australia, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. He has obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management from the University of Newcastle, and Master in Business and Technology from University of New South Wales, and is a fellow of Australian Institute of Management.


Mr Lewis Kaplan 

A former Chief Executive Officer of Diabetes Australia, Mr Kaplan has 35 years’ experience in health care, including 20 years in executive leadership roles in peak consumer and health organisations. Previously Executive Director of Red Cross NSW (2006-2011); Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Australia (1999-2006); Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013-2016); and a representative on the Centre for Primary Health Care & Equity Advisory Council (2013-2015) and of the NSW General Practice Advisory Council (2013-2015). His qualifications include Master of Health Science (1983) and Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours (1978).


Ms Julie Babineau

Ms Babineau is the Chief Executive Officer Odyssey House (May 2016-current). She has held leadership positions in the health and community services sectors in both Australia and Canada, and has a wealth of experience in policy, planning and strategy, as well as an extensive knowledge of the health needs of populations in need. For seven years, Ms Babineau was the CEO NSW Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, which serves a diverse and vulnerable population. While CEO, she led substantial reforms at JH&FMHN that saw the expansion of services to courts, community and adolescent settings while promoting a patient centred approach. All the roles she has held have involved addressing a myriad of health issues, including drug and alcohol addiction and mental health issues. Ms Babineau is a non-executive director of Variety NSW, the Children’s Charity.


Dr Anthony Burrell

Dr Anthony Burrell has 30 years of specialist practice in anaesthesia and intensive care in rural and metropolitan areas. Former Clinical Advisor, NSW Clinical Excellence Commission (to 2014), his other previous appointments include the Director Patient Safety, NSW Clinical Excellence Commission (2008-2014); Medical Director, NSW Intensive Care Coordination and Monitoring Unit (2003-2011); Area Clinical Director of Critical Care Services, Wentworth Area Health Service (2001-2003); and Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney (2007-2013). Dr Burrell’s qualifications include MB BS (1971) University of Sydney; BA (1991) University of Sydney; FANZCA (FFARACS 1976).


Mr Dominic Morgan ASM

Mr Morgan has more than 23 years of diverse career development with NSW Ambulance, gaining a broad range of experience in operational, corporate and clinical roles. This experience and tertiary qualifications led to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer Ambulance Tasmania in 2009. At Ambulance Tasmania, Mr Morgan delivered significant organisational reforms, including merging four separate health business units and introducing world-class initiatives to improve clinical outcomes.  Dominic returned to NSW to continue the reform as Chief Executive of NSW Ambulance. Dominic has a strong national profile as a Board member of The Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities, the peak body representing the Ambulance sector in Australia and New Zealand, and has chaired a number of international sub committees. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of Paramedics Australasia, the peak paramedic professional association, as well as being a qualified Intensive Care Paramedic. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Health Science, and Diploma in Adult Education. In 2011, Dominic was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the Australian Honors System for distinguished service to the sector.


Ms Kathryn Wood

Ms Wood has 18 years of management experience in high profile and mission critical areas across the NSW Ambulance and NSW Health portfolios, with 23 years of experience in government public affairs. For the last 11 years, she has worked within NSW Ambulance managing Public Affairs and Executive Services, and is currently the Executive Director, Office of the Chief Executive. A highly capable leader, she is proficient in providing strategic advice on sensitive and complex issues with a high public profile. Ms Wood’s major contributions to NSW Ambulance include the successful negotiation of two Service Agreements with the Ministry of Health; the development of a policy framework for managing all aspects of public affairs and government relations; the development of numerous communication plans to support the NSW Ambulance agenda; the introduction of community safety and prevention programs into NSW Ambulance; and the introduction of staff and community recognition and award programs.